Nine years ago I wrote a glowing review of Murdock Elementary as our first child began kindergarten. Now after three principals, several staff changes, and a second child getting ready for middle school, Murdock continues to be an excellent school. The staff and teachers are dedicated, kind, innovative, attentive, and professional. Both our children, one special needs, one general ed (and they never had the same teachers!) received excellent educational foundations at Murdock. We have loved the diversity, the academic and social encouragement, and the neighborhood feel of this school. After nine years we are glad we chose Murdock.
Overall the school is very good and the teachers are good. The front office staff need to be more courteous and helpful to parents with students at the school. I could not help but notice the last 7 positive reviews where all done on December 8th which give me much speculation that school staff members are posting positive responses to previous criticisms of the school and the most compelling evidence is all the reviews where done on December 8th. Gee what a coincidence 7 positive reviews all on the same day... Wow.
There's always some degree of bullying at every school level....most kids honestly need to toughen up and parents need to realize that dealing with the bulk of this is home issue...not school. It's nonsense stuff mostly. Someone googled my Ex's home and told my daughter they couldn't be friends with her because her house was too small! This kind of nonsense comes from some pretentious parents. My daughter was in tears until she went back the next day and told the girl that unlike her her parents owned 70 houses as rentals but that they could still be friends if she wanted. Classic....the girls are still friends several years later. My son has been on the other side of it...as the aggressor. The school and after school program worked with us to get him straight!
My son had an early speech impediment and went to speech class for his 1st 2 years at school. He improved dramatically in that time period and no longer needs assistance. We have several other friends with kids with learning disabilities and all have been pleased with how the school has worked with them.
Led by a very passionate Principal...some fail to realize that her hands are tied in some areas and that the capital budget has been restricted. Parents donate a ton of time & funds to support her. The administration here is very involved and hands-on
Murdock has an incredible staff with very strong parent involvement and support. Very strong advanced learning opportunities here. The principal here is deeply involved in the school as is the rest of her staff. My son started here and is doing very well...the results speak for themselves....same with my daugher who is now in middle school but attended here. Top student and very well rounded from attending Murdock
For the most part the teachers are fantastic. The principal on the other hand is mostly defensive and not helpful and sets the tone for the rest of the administration that follows her lead. Instead of finding solutions to issues the administration will cover things up and usually just be defensive about everything. The answer is usually you can't do that instead of this is what you need to do. Its not hard to just be honest, transparent, and be a leader that provides solutions. This is not politics,,, its education,,,